Academic and Student Services: Academic Excellence
The Longhorn PRIDE Program (Personal Responsibility in Developing Excellence) guides student-athletes in developing life skills, performing community service and pursuing career and life goals. All of the hard work of our student-athletes and student services staff has recently been lauded, as the Longhorn PRIDE Program was named the best Life Skills Program in the nation.
Commitment to Academic Excellence: To support the academic progress of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.
The Longhorn PRIDE Program designates a significant portion of its agenda to student-athlete academic excellence. PRIDE supports the academic progress of our student-athletes and empowers them to grow as students and as members of our community.
The student-athlete handbook and student-athlete orientation are two core elements of PRIDE, creating the foundation for and providing introduction to the Program. An academic assessment helps individualize each student-athlete's personal academic goals and sets up our skills programs in studying, writing and computer literacy.
A major part of PRIDE entails the Mentor-Tutor program, which consists of 88 part-time staff to work with student-athletes both individually and in group settings. Each first-year student-athlete is paired with a mentor during their required study-hall time to guide them through their transition into college, including locating classrooms and feeling out new types of classes and lectures. Most mentors and tutors have been a part of the UT community as students, and they are able to relate to and support student-athletes as they adapt to new study and learning skills.
Longhorn tutors are experts in their fields of study, or subject area, and are able to work with student-athletes one-on-one or in small groups, usually in one-hour intervals. These appointments are scheduled as needed for help or assigned by academic counselors.
The PRIDE Program includes the following components: